Propagate Snake Plants from Leaf Cuttings and make more plants!

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Snake plants, or Sansevierias, are one of the easiest to care for houseplants. And if you have one, you can make more. For free!

Propagating a snake plant is very simple to do. Rooting snake plant cuttings in water is almost foolproof. Being patient might be the hardest part.

Want to know more about your snake plant? Hop over to my other article about how to care for your Sansevieria. Get all the tips to keep it happy and healthy.

How to propagate your snake plant in water. Make more plants for free.
Water Propagating Sansevieria trifasciata laurentii

Snake Plant Propagation

There are a few reasons why you would propagate your snake plant.

  • Reuse a damaged leaf with sunburn marks, or leaves that get too tall and bend or break.
  • Maybe you have accidentally overwatered your Sansevieria and now your plant has root rot. If it is not too bad, you can still save your plant by propagating the parts that are still healthy.
  • Perhaps you just want to adjust the overall look of your plant a bit by removing a few leaves here and there.

Those otherwise discarded leaves will grow your indoor jungle, or can be used as thoughtful gifts for friends and family.

Easy Propagation Tips

For the quickest results, use healthy leaves, preferably those that are not too old.

When I say quickest, don’t expect overnight results. Snake plant cuttings take a long time to root. Be prepared for an exercise in patience.

It is important to keep the leaf cuttings in the same direction as they were on the plant. If you mistakenly turn them upside-down, they will not root.

Cut a v-shape notch on the bottom of the cuttings. This increases the surface area for roots to grow from, and it also helps with keeping track of which side is up and which end to put into the water or soil.

If you propagate a variegated snake plant, one with yellow leaf margins, the new leaves that grow from those cuttings will not have those variegated yellow edges.

The only way to keep the variegation is to propagate your plant by division. Gently separate a clump of leaves with roots from the main plant and repot in its own pot.

How to propagate snake plants in a glass of water. Sansevieria leaf cuttings in water.
Snake plant water propagation

How to Propagate Snake Plants in Water

Use clean, sharp cutting shears and carefully cut a leaf near the soil.

You can propagate a single leaf, put it in a tall glass vase for dramatic effect. But you can also cut the leaf into multiple sections. That way you can grow more new plants from that one leaf.

Let your cuttings dry out for a couple of days so that the cut ends callous over. This will help in preventing root rot.

Place the leaf cuttings in a glass vessel with just enough water to cover the bottom part of the cuttings. Place it somewhere where it gets plenty of indirect light. Change the water every few days.

Next, the waiting period starts. Don’t worry if it has been a month and you don’t see any roots yet. That is perfectly normal. You might need to wait another month for roots. And even longer for leaf pups to start to grow.

Wait until the roots are at least an inch long before you pot them up into well-draining succulent soil. Mix in some perlite or pumice for even better drainage.

Check out my other article about water propagation if you want to know even more about growing new plants in water.

How to Propagate Snake Plant cuttings in Soil

I love rooting in water first because I truly enjoy seeing the roots grow. But I can also understand that some of my readers just want to do one thing and be done with it. If that’s the case, you can also propagate your Sanseveiria cuttings directly in soil.

This method basically just skips the water part. Cut your leaf, let it callous over, put it in soil and wait.

Keep the soil slightly moist while rooting, less when roots are established.

The leaf-cutting itself won’t grow anymore. Unless it was the tip of the leaf and tip is still intact. So once you see a new leaf popping up, you can cut the original cutting down.

To speed up the process a bit, you can dip the bottom of each leaf cutting into rooting hormone powder before planting it in soil.

Propagation problems

Even though I said earlier that propagating snake plants is basically foolproof, it might still happen that it doesn’t work as planned. Some cuttings might just not take as well as others.

Leaves get mushy and brown

Watch out for snake plant cuttings that get a bit mushy starting from the bottom up, and then turn a brown or black color. You don’t want this.

Most likely your cutting is suffering from overwatering and has started rotting.

This can be caused when you are watering the cuttings too often, or they might be in a pot that is too large or without drainage holes on the bottom. Also make sure you use an airy, fast-draining soil instead of a heavy potting soil.

TIP: Start by catching up on the watering basics and get all the tips on how to properly water houseplants.

Have you had success propagating your Sansevieria snake plant? Tell me about it! I love a good propagating story. Or leave a comment with any questions you might have down below, and I will try to answer asap. Let’s talk plants!

How to propagate snake plants.

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